LOCATION - Columbia, the State Capital, is located in the center of South Carolina. Interstates 20, 26, and 77 pass through Columbia. I-95 at Florence is 1 hour away by car. I-85 at Charlotte or Spartanburg is 1 1/2 hours. Atlanta, Knoxville, Durham, Wilmington, and Bristol are all 4 hours or less and Jacksonville, Columbus, Chattanooga and Roanoke are within 5 hours.
SANCTION - This meet has a national sanction from the National Federation of High Schools. Schools will be invited from New York down to Florida and from across the country. All athletes must be a current member of their high school team. All schools must be a member of a State Association that is a member of the NFHS or an approved association. Contact Kevin Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org to check on your associations status.
ENTRIES - All entries must be input through the website, www.directathletics.com Each school is allowed to enter 2 athletes per event except in the 400m and 400IH. Each athlete may enter no more than 4 events including field events and relays. All entries must be entered by 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 7th, 2020. No entries will be accepted after this date.
ENTRY FEES - An entry fee of $120.00 per team (boys and girls are separate teams) or $20.00 per athlete will be charged. This is an entry fee, not a participation fee. No shows are not entitled to a refund. All fees must be paid by credit card when entries are submitted through Direct Athletics. An admission fee of $5.00 will be charged for Friday, $8.00 for Saturday, and $10.00 for a two day pass.
COACHES' HOSPITALITY - Coaches and meet officials will have a dinner Friday night at the stadium and will have complimentary breakfast, lunch, supper and snacks on Saturday. Please, no managers or students in any capacity. Athletes may purchase a pasta meal for $5 on Friday night at the stadium.
CHECK IN - There will be no additions made to the meet after entries close. One-for-one substitutions may be made with the clerk of course as long as no one violates the participation rule.
WARM UPS - The track will be open after 4:00 pm on Thursday and Friday for workouts or inspection. Warm-ups will be allowed on the track until 8:15 a.m. on Saturday. Please do not set up any tents on the baseball or softball fields. During the course of the meet, only those athletes called to their events will be allowed on the infield or track.
AWARDS - Trophies will be awarded to the top 4 teams in both boys and girls divisions. Medals will be awarded to the top 8 places in each event. Plaques will be awarded to the Outstanding Athletes in the following categories, sprinter, hurdler, mid-distance, distance, throws, horizontal jumps and vertical jumps. Special dedication awards are given in several individual events. Nike bags are awarded to top 3 in each event.
FUTURE DATES - The meet will always be the second Saturday in April.